Browse this page to begin learning how to create, adapt/adopt and share Open content, or get help being openly creative!
Below, you will find links to many helpful tools and guides as you begin the journey of creating your own Open content.
eCampusOntario H5P Studio
A catalogue to create, share, and discover interactive learning objects. This site uses H5P, an open source plugin, to allow content authors to easily create interactive content for their courses or other instructional projects. For more information about H5P, please refer to their website: h5p.org.
Open Access Tools & Licenses
Are you an author or creator interested in putting your resources into the public domain through Open Access? Then the link above will take you to a website created by the University of Toronto Libraries with helpful resources for authors and creators.
Citation & Academic Integrity
Are you interested in why and how we cite sources in academic writing, including Open sources? Please click the link above to access a guide to many helpful online tutorials, style guides, and related documents to help you understand citation practice, build correct citations, avoid plagiarism, maintain academic integrity and work more effectively with sources, including Open sources.
The links below will help you find Open content produced elsewhere, and useable by people at UofT in the creation of new content or for use as course material and digital coursepacks.
eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library
A current catalogue of open textbooks and other open resources. The curated collection aligns with top subject areas in post-secondary education and features reviews from experts and educators across Canada. You can use, adapt or create.
Author Rights & Scholarly Communication
The UTL maintains this guide to offer information to faculty, researchers, and students on the issues surrounding the dissemination and communication of scholarly information.
EdTech Tool Guide
A current catalogue of educational technology tools and services supported at the University of Toronto (either as a central resource, or supported at the divisional or departmental level).
An increasing number of instructors are interested in using Open courses and Open resources as the basis for inverting their teaching. In an inverted classroom, students are expected to review materials that would normally be presented in class, including the lecture, outside of class time. This frees up class time to focus on discussion, collaborative work, and engagement with the other activities that are traditionally done outside of class. UofT’s Digital Learning Innovation group and the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation are currently developing an Inverted Classroom Guide, so please check back soon for the active link. Thanks.
A number of companies and organizations are getting into the ‘business’ of building and/or hosting environments and platforms for creating and/or delivering Open content. Some of these are open source while others operate on a “freemium” model (some parts are free, some parts cost). While the University of Toronto has many services for locally hosted Open content, as part of our engagement in the global Open movement, U of T is also running projects and pilots with a number of external hosting organizations.
Here’s a list of some we are currently working with:
- eCampusOntario Virtual Learning Strategy Collection
- Public Knowledge Project
- YouTube Education
There are many talented professionals and teams at the University of Toronto who can help you create and manage your Open projects. The links below will help you find the right partner for your work.
- University of Toronto Libraries – Digital Library & Web Services
- Divisional & Faculty-based IT and Educational Technology Services
- Central Information + Technology Services – Web Services Group
- UofT’s Mobile Development Brokerage Service
Below are links to resources that can help you openly share and publish your content.
eCampusOntario Open Textbook Library
eCampusOntario provides access to tools to help facilitate the easy creation or adaptation of open educational resources. These tools are available at no cost to anyone currently affiliated with an eCampusOntario member institution. Members also have access to dedicated technical and OER creation support for these platforms.
This site features a selective list of major repositories for sharing your creative work. The process for contributing to these repositories is different for each. If you are interested in using UofT’s T-Space repository, please visit the library TSpace page.
UofT Open Journals
The University of Toronto Libraries runs a service for U of T-affiliated individuals and groups to manage and publish electronic journals, from submissions through peer review, to online publication. The service uses Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source journal management and publishing software. Please click the link above to find out more about publishing your own open journal at UofT, or to access the list of Open publications currently using this service.